2007 Kansas State Wildcat Track & Field/Cross Country Camp

Wednesday-Sunday, July 11-15, 2007


This camp will expose young track & field/cross country athletes to information and the experiences of successful coaches and athletes. The camp is directed by Kansas State University head coach of track and field, Cliff Rovelto, with support from the K-State staff of Steve Fritz, Mike Smith, Andy Eggerth and Kyle Hierholzer. Additionally, the campers will learn from current and former K-State student-athletes.



13 Olympians

32 National Champions

322 NCAA All-Americans

469 Big Eight/Big 12 Champions



Boys and Girls 10-18 are eligible to attend

Tuition costs: $300 for resident campers

$225 for commuter campers


Resident campers will be housed in residence halls on the KSU campus and meals will be provided by KSU dining services.  Food service will begin on Monday morning and conclude on Thursday morning.  Athletic facilities include the newly refurbished R.V. Christian Track, Brandeberry workout facility, Ahearn Field House, and Vanier Weight Room.


Arrival: Wednesday, July 11 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Activities will begin at 4:00 p.m.


Departure: Sunday, July 15 from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Activities will conclude with a competitive performance beginning Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.


The goal of this camp is to expose young track and field athletes to information and the experiences of successful coaches and student-athletes.  Coach Rovelto and his staff have worked with many talented athletes with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences in the sport.  We will address the individual needs of each camper and create an enjoyable atmosphere in which to learn with a great deal of one-on-one attention.


Registration:  Please clip and mail the form below to:


Wildcat Track and Field Camp

106 Ahearn Field House

Manhattan, KS 66506



Please include $100 with your registration to secure your spot in the camp.  Please include your medical statement with your registration.



Please include a copy of your child’s most recent physical, certifying that he/she is physically fit to attend and participate in the Wildcat Track and Field Camp. 


Camper’s name: _____________________________


Parent/Guardian day phone: ____________________


evening phone:_______________________________



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Wednesday-Sunday, July 11-15


___ COMMUTER FEE, $225

___ RESIDENT FEE, $300


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I,_______________________(parent or guardian’s signature) hereby agree to save, indemnify and keep harmless, the Wildcat Track and Field Camp, from all liability, claims judgments or demands for damages incurred while above camper is traveling to, participating in, or returning from the Wildcat Track and Field Camp. 


Please completely fill out the application and mail it along with the $100 registration fee.  If the camp is full, we will return your deposit.  We must have your registration fee to reserve your place in the camp.  Please make checks payable to:


Wildcat Track and Field Camp.

Please mail to: Wildcat Track and Field Camp,

106 Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, KS 66506



Cliff Rovelto - Camp Director

Cliff is in his 19th year with the Wildcat program and his 14th as head track and field coach.  During his tenure, the Wildcats have won three women’s championships in the Big 12 Conference, earned their highest ever women’s NCAA team finish in cross country (5th), and top 10 NCAA finishes in men’s and women’s track and field.  Rovelto’s athletes have captured 86 All-America honors and 63 Big Eight/Big 12 titles over the last 18 seasons.  Athletes that have excelled under Rovelto include: Austra Skujyte, 2001,2002 NCAA Champion-Heptathlon; Nathan Leeper, 2000 Olympian-High Jump and NCAA champion in the same event in 1998; Shelia Burrell, 2000 Olympian-Heptathlon; Steve Fritz, 1996 Olympian Decathlon; Ed Broxterman, 1996 Olympian-High Jump; Gwen Wentland, 1995 U.S. Indoor Champion-High Jump; Nicole Green, 1995 NCAA Champion 400m; and Percell Gaskins, NCAA Champion-High Jump 1994.  Prior to his arrival at KSU, Rovelto spent eight seasons coaching at the University of Kansas and began his coaching career at Leavenworth High School before moving to McLouth High School.  Rovelto received his bachelor’s degree from KU in 1979.


Mike Smith Middle Distance, Distance

Mike is in his 13th season with KSU track and field and second year as the cross country coach.  Smith’s first year at the helm of the cross country program saw Mathew Chesang earn All-America honors with his 12th place finish at the NCAA championships. Under Smith's leadership on the track, KSU athletes have won 9 conference championships, set 10 school records, earned 9 All-American certificates and set 4 Big 12 meet records. The 2006 indoor season highlights included Christian Smith' NCAA Championship in the mile, his collegiate record in the 1,000-meter run (2:19.57) and his 4:00 mile (3:59.60). The 2005 outdoor season highlights included Mathew Chesang's dramatic Big 12 championship in the 10,000-meters and the men's 4x800-meter victory at the Drake Relays, which was the fastest in the U.S. in 2005. The current corps of middle distance/distance runners under Smith's direction is led by Smith and sophomore Morgan Bonds, the 2005 Big 12 indoor champion in the 600-yard run. Prior to coming to K-State in 1994, Smith served as the head coach of Boys Track and Field at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., was an assistant track coach at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia and spent one year as a graduate assistant coach at SUNY-Albany. He received his bachelor's degree in animal behavior from Bucknell University in 1988. He earned a master's degree in geography from SUNY-Albany in 1989 and master's degree in kinesiology from Kansas State in 1996. 


Steve Fritz - Throws

Steve is in his 15th season on the Wildcat staff.  A member of the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame, Fritz was the U.S. national champion in the decathlon in 1997, and fourth in the Olympic Games in 1996. As a coach, Fritz has directed 42 different conference finalists and 34 different conference scorers who have scored a combined 858 conference points, with 10 athletes winning conference titles. Seven of Fritz’s athletes currently hold K-State records.  Fritz has had seven All-Americans earn a total of 19 All-American certificates and has had at least one athlete qualify for nationals every year he’s been coaching at Kansas State. Under Fritz’s guidance, the Wildcat women won every Big 12 indoor weight throw title and outdoor hammer title from 1997 to 1999.   In the javelin, Fritz helped lead K-State to a sweep of the men’s and women’s Big Eight titles in 1993 and 1994. Wildcat women won javelin titles in 1996, 1997 and 2002.  Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in business from K-State in 1993. A native of Gypsum, Kan., Fritz is married to the former Suzie Wiemers.  The couple has two children: Thomas Jon (T.J.) and Jacob.